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WSF: Political Support Needs Financial Backing

Posted on 11 February 2011 by editor

NORAH MATOVU-WINYI. Credit:Courtesy of FEMNET

Rousbeh Legatis interviews NORAH MATOVU-WINYI, Executive Director, African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11, 2011 (IPS/TerraViva) – “The agenda for women’s rights and empowerment in each country must be supported by the political leadership,” says Norah Matovu-Winyi, Executive Director, African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET). Continue Reading

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Wanawake na Watoto wa ‘Afrika’ Ni Waathirika Wakuu wa Migogoro

Posted on 11 February 2011 by admin

Na Thandi Winston

DAKAR, Feb 11 (TerraViva) – Mmoja wa mabinti wanaoongoza Afrika na mwanaharakati wa haki za wanawake, mwanazuoni wa Nigeria Amina Mama anasema wanamgambo wanaopigana wanaenea hasa katika nchi za Sierra Leone na Liberia. Anasema vita na migogoro inaathiri wanawake ambao ni rahisi kuathirika pamoja na watoto wao. Continue Reading

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‘Mulheres e crianças africanas sĂŁo as principais vĂ­timas dos conflitos’

Posted on 11 February 2011 by admin

Por Thandi Winston

DACAR, Senegal, 10/2/2011 (IPS/TerraViva) – Uma das lĂ­deres feministas e filha da África, a estudiosa nigeriana Amina Mama disse que o militarismo estĂĄ Ă  espreita, principalmente em paĂ­ses como Serra Leoa e LibĂ©ria. Ela diz que a guerra e os conflitos estĂŁo afetando especialmente as mulheres e as crianças, que sĂŁo vulnerĂĄveis. Continue Reading

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Mixed Reviews on Space for Gender

Posted on 10 February 2011 by admin

By Thandi Winston

DAKAR, Feb 10 (TerraViva) – The road to the large green tent is dusty and rather confusing, but once you get there you are immersed in a babel of women’s voices. The tent, hidden away in the wind and dust, some distance from the main World Social Forum events, has become the unofficial women’s tent at the WSF. Continue Reading

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Les prostituées se sont invitées pour la circonstance

Posted on 10 February 2011 by admin

Par Koffigan E. Adigbli

DAKAR, 10 fĂ©v (IPS) – Si le Forum social mondial (FSM) de Dakar est d’abord l’affaire des altermondialistes qui rĂ©flĂ©chissent aux diffĂ©rentes questions de dĂ©veloppement des pays pauvres, il y a Ă©galement des prostituĂ©es de la capitale sĂ©nĂ©galaise qui se sont programmĂ©es pour y participer Ă  leur maniĂšre afin de se faire de l’argent. Continue Reading

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Petrolíferas devem sair da Nigéria, dizem ativistas

Posted on 10 February 2011 by admin

Por Ebrima Sillah

DACAR, Senegal, 9/2/2011 (IPS/TerraViva) – Grupos nigerianos de direitos ambientais estĂŁo fazendo campanha, no FĂłrum Social Mundial (FSM) que acontece em Dacar, para expulsar as companhias de petrĂłleo da regiĂŁo do Delta do Rio NĂ­ger, no sudeste do paĂ­s. Continue Reading

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‘Africa’s Women and Children Are Main Casualties of Conflicts’

Posted on 09 February 2011 by admin

By Thandi Winston

DAKAR, Feb 9 (TerraViva) – One of Africa’s leading daughters and feminists, the Nigerian scholar Amina Mama says militarism is spreading, especially in countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia. She says war and conflict are especially affecting vulnerable women and children. Continue Reading

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Oil Companies Out of Nigeria, Activists Say

Posted on 09 February 2011 by admin

DAKAR, Feb 9 (TerraViva) – Nigerian environmental rights groups have been making the case for the expulsion of oil companies from the Niger Delta in the southeastern part of the country.

Gas flare at Rumuekpe, Rivers State. Credit: Israel Aloja / Environmental Rights Action Friends Of The Earth Nigeria

Gas flare at Rumuekpe, Rivers State. Credit: Israel Aloja / Environmental Rights Action Friends Of The Earth Nigeria

Speaking at a meeting organised by a group of Nigerian women’s environmental rights activists, Goodison Jim Dorgu, the Executive Director of the NGO Environmental Health and Safety Network, based in the oil-producing state of Bayelsa, said Nigerian civil society has come to the united conclusion that oil companies responsible for severe environmental degradation should leave without delay.

Other speakers outlined how the oil industry has provoked violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta, with women bearing the burnt of the assaults. Emem Okon, the head of the Women’s Development and Resource Centre in the city of Port Harcourt, alleged that the oil companies’ own security personnel have been involved in attacks on women. She also said the Nigerian army had committed grave violations of human rights.

“In Ogoniland, the government set up the Rivers State Internal Security Task Force, and what these soldiers did was to use women as a weapon of war. A lot of women were raped, a lot of young girls were taken into sexual slavery.”

The head of Friends of the Earth International, Nnimmo Bassey, said environmental justice for the Niger Delta will be a long struggle. “The regime of responsibility has been so well entrenched and there’s the military backing for what the oil companies are doing, the govenment is behind them,” he says.

“There are a lot of restrictions. A lot more work is still going to be done, but one day, when nobody expects it… the people will prevail.”

(END/2011)

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Women Warriors Take the Offensive in War Zones

Posted on 25 October 2010 by admin

A female U.N. peacekeeper at target practice. Credit: John Isaac/UN Photo.

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 25, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – The world’s traditional peacemakers – a title long conferred on women – may be undergoing a gradual transformation.
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BRAZIL: Football Paves the Way to Masculinity Without Violence

Posted on 26 July 2010 by editor

'Men for an End to Violence against Women', a slogan on a T-shirt in Santa Marta. Credit:Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

By Fabiana Frayssinet

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 19, 2010 (IPS) – It’s Friday night, and in a “favela” (shanty town) in this Brazilian city, a group of men relax with a beer after a hard week, while a song can be heard above the rowdy chatter.
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